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    June 16, 2018



    Take a mid-week creativity break at AIR’s monthly Drink & Ink!


    Each month, the printmakers at AIR present simple printmaking activities such as letterpress, textile printing, and photographic silkscreen for you to create your own t-shirts, tote bags and posters. Always something to take home. $25 includes all materials, snacks, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Hang-out, socialize, and MAKE PRINTS at AIR.


    July’s Drink & Ink will feature Shibori Dying Techniques. Participants will learn some basic Japanese wrapping techniques and dye fabric using Indigo dye. Everyone will take home their own dyed bandana.


    Open to all skill levels 21+
    Registration required via Eventbrite- 20 people maximum.


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    June 9, 2018


     On June 22, 2018, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, you are invited to a “behind the scenes” first look at numerous images, posters, objects and other materials from The Paradise Collection.

    This work, on view at Artists Image Resource (AIR) from June 22 to July 20, is the result of Paradise Gray’s Resident Project at AIR. Paradise began this project with support from the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the August Wilson Center in 2016 after his participation in Activist Print, a collaborative public art project produced by AIR and The Andy Warhol Museum.

    Originally, Paradise’s project at AIR was to complete his suite of six murals that make-up the Disappearing Black Culture in Pittsburgh Series and to reproduce the final murals as a portfolio of digital prints. Mid-way through the project, Paradise began to suffer some health issues and lost a significant portion of his eyesight. It was during this time that conversations with the artist lead to the decision to expand the scope of the project to include a fuller look at Paradise’s vast archive of Hip Hop images, memorabilia, and activist photography.

    There was a new urgency regarding the organization of this material and the project began to shift subtly from capturing images that expressed the “before and after” structure of the Disappearing Black Culture Series to a broader look at Paradise’s images of the various community efforts, activities, documents, and movements that have informed his practice and make up his collection.

       On Friday June 22, there will be a reception from 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

    The reception is free and open to the public and will include music provided by 1hood as well as activities representing all five elements of hip hop. Breakdancing by the get down gang along with special guest DJ 4th Disciple of the Wu Tang Clan.

    Paradise will also have work from the Collection on display at the August Wilson Center from June 21 to July 20, 2018.

    Paradise Gray is a community organizer, author, artist, music producer, historian, and a founding member of 1Hood. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1992 from the Bronx, Gray’s career in hip hop is legendary as a member of the group X Clan and as the manager and promoter for the hip-hop club “The Latin Quarter” in New York City in the last 1980s.

     Artists Image Resource’s mission is to support the working artist and to make the methods and practices of the artist more transparent and accessible to broader populations. AIR produces fine art print work with artists and offers innovative educational programs that explore the creative process with neighborhood schools, arts organizations, and the community. Each year, AIR invites artists to work in-residence at its laboratory facility on Pittsburgh’s Northside. As they explore creative ideas and complete new work, Resident Artists have full access to the printmaking shops and equipment at AIR.

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    May 29, 2018


    Learn the basics of photographic silkscreen and it’s applications in a relaxed studio atmosphere at Artists Image Resource!

    This 4 session class meets Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm.

    July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

    No experience necessary! Open to all! We do encourage experienced printmakers to take this class to get comfortable with the shop layout, equipment, and culture!

    This comprehnsive class teaches Photographic Silkscreen techniques and you will leave with confidence to start printing your own posters, T-shirts and more!

    Participants will learn how to prepare their image for the screen using Adobe Photoshop software, experiment with direct emulsion with hand-painted and digitally printed film positives. coat and expose a screen, how to engineer a multiple color print. Class assignments will use both pre-made and custom screens with imagery participants bring to the class.

    This is an introductory to mid-level printmaking class. The instructor will customize the final assignment based on participants’ interests and the images they bring to class.

    Class size: 6 max

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    May 7, 2018

    Make your own silk scarf while learning how to silkscreen print onto fabric. Participants will use discharge paste to create patterns onto pre-dyed silk. Several floral, architectural, and Pittsburgh themed designs will be available to chose from. No prior printmaking experience is required. Only 10 spots available, so sign-up now.

    Moms, Treat Yourself. Make your own Mother’s Day gift. Everyone else, Your Moms are going to love these scarves! Register here.

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    May 5, 2018

    Youth Open Studio

    Youth Open Studio provides direct studio access and instruction for students in Pittsburgh. Youth Open Studio is a place for teens to engage in self-initiated learning, with AIR artists and paid youth interns acting as facilitators and providing technical support. Teens not only learn techniques typically taught on the college level, but also hang out with their peers in a safe place where they can create, play, and invent new ways of expressing oneself. This program runs every Wednesday night during the school year from 4-7pm. Program is free for youth ages 11-18 yrs old.

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